Kay, Thomas is my direct line, through his son Robert who moved in the Spring of 1799 to what was to become Springfield, Clark County, Ohio.
Will: Thomas Renick
Index of Wills-Greenbrier County, West Virginia, 1779, Vol. 1, Pages 44 & 45 is as follows:
In the Name of God Amen this eighteenth Day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine.I Thomas Renick of the County of Green Brier and Collony of Virginia being sick in Body but of perfect Memory Thanks be to Almighty you & calling to remembrance the uncertain Estate of this transitory Life and that all Flesh must yield unto Death when it shall please you to call Do make and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:first being penitent and sorry for my sins most humbly desiring forgivness for the same I commend my Soul unto the almighty God my Savior and Redeemer in whom & by whose Merits I Trust and believe asuredly be saved and have full remission and forgiveness of all my Sins & to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven and my BodyI commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors here after to be named and for the setling of my temporal Estate & such Goods Chattles and Debts as it hath pleased God to bestow up on me.I do order and give and dispose the same in manner and form following: that is to say imprimis (?) and firstI allow all my just and lawful Debts to be paid and discharged. Item; I leave & bequeath to my well beloved Wife Feby all her Body close & Bed close & one Negroe Wench named Pegg & the fifth part of all my movible Estate.Item I leave and bequeath to my well beloved Children Mary, Robert, Richard & William all the remainder part of my movible Estate and all my Houses Lands which in any wise belongs to me the whole to be equally divided between them & in case any of the aforesaid Children should Die before they are maryed or arive at age his or her part or parts shall be equally divided between the survivors and in case my Executors shall think it best to sell my Lands for the benefit of my Children I leave that part discretionly in my Well beloved William Renick one of my Executors & I allow him to make good an sufficiend Rights for the same and I allow my Children to be brought up and Educated by my well beloved Wife Feby & my well beloved Brother William Renick & lastly I hereby make and apoint my trusty and loving Wife feby & Wm Renicks my well beloved brother full & sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby Revoking and discanceling (?) and making Voyd all former Wills and requests by me made and declaring this only to be my last Will Testament in Witness where of I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Day and year above written. Sign'd Seal'd & delivered in the presence of Tho's RenickSeal
If my Son Robert Chuses to take one Negroe Boy Call'd Lewis he is to have him at the value of two freeholders paying in an equal part to the rest of the Children to be done at the divide of the Estate
Archer Mathews Richard Mathews John Mathews
If you have access to "The Renicks of Greenbrier, by B. F. Harlow, Jr., you will note they made a mistake in what they said about the "Will" of Thomas.He did not leave the remainder of his estate to his brother Robert.It was his brother Major William Renick that left the remainder of his estate to his brother Robert.
Thomas must not have been much older than 30 years of age when he died.Some mistakenly say he went back to Ohio, however, this is incorrect.He died in Greenbrier County, leaving wife Feby & four children:Mary, Robert, Richard and William.
Mary: All I know about Mary is she married a fellow with the last name Richards.She and her brother William received a piece of land which had belonged to their father, from their uncle Major William Renick and her name at that time was Mary Richards.(I don't have the document in front of me--but I can find it if you want it.)
Robert: married Mary Hamilton, daughter of Major William Hamilton.I have a great deal of information on Robert and his family, as well as Major William Hamilton.Robert is my 3rd great-grandfather.
Richard:Basically I have nothing on Richard.Perhaps he died young.
William: I believe married Phoebe Titus his 2nd cousin, daughter of Rachel Matthews, his father's 1st cousin.Rachel was the daughter of Ann Archer who married Capt. John Matthews.One source said he was an herbal doctor.
Last night I read with great interest your posting regarding Elizabeth Poage and her husband Robert Poage.I believe you wrote it in 2006.I agreed with everything you said and then add my two cents worth.Unfortunately, many of the Poage descendants mistakenly believe Elizabeth Preston was his wife.Did you receive my response?
If you can see my email address, you are welcome to email me.I have lots and lots of Renick info.Currently, I am working on a book--which tells the stories of all of my direct ancestors; plus many other interesting Renicks.It is amazing what you can found if you just do a little digging.
Which of the children do you come down through?Also, I would appreciate any information you may have on this line.
Recently, someone told me she had Feby/Phoebe's last name as Hamilton.However, she could not come up with a source.I have not found any of the Hamilton's ---during the time period, with a child by the name of Feby (in the Augusta County, Virginia area.) I am not using this as her last name--if I can't varify the source.